In 1851, an admissions circular declared that the patrons of Illinois Wesleyan had established "an Institution of Learning which shall shed brightness on all the land around and send down floods of light and blessedness upon generations yet to come.
Illinois Wesleyan University, an independent, residential, liberal arts university founded in 1850, strives to attain the ideal of a liberal education while providing unique opportunities with distinctive curricula and programs. A liberal education at Illinois Wesleyan fosters creativity, critical thinking, effective communication, strength of character and a spirit of inquiry. Our curriculum deepens the specialized knowledge of a discipline with a comprehensive world view.The Illinois Wesleyan experience affords the greatest possibilities for realizing individual potential while preparing students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society.
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While your residence hall is a place to keep your stuff, it’s also the place you meet best friends that will last through your college years and the rest of your life. From the First-Year Resident Advisor you meet on move-in day, to the unlikely suspect down the hall you never thought you’d have so much in common with, you will never forget these people who share your IWU life.
The Ames Library is the intellectual heart of Illinois Wesleyan University. It is here that scholarly information, regardless of format, is gathered, organized, and prepared for dissemination to the University community. In addition, the library provides a place for interaction, collaboration, consultation, study and reflection.
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs is your headquarters for Registered Student Organizations. The Involvement Center is where you get support for: RSO Leadership development, Individual Leadership Development, Budgeting, Contract review and questions, Collaborating on big programs, Event planning resources, and RSO recognition.
Illinois Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.